Gold Ounce 2014 Year of the Horse, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Gold Ounce 2014 Year of the Horse, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinGold Ounce 2014 Year of the Horse

Like many other mints, the Royal Mint issues bullion coins in precious metals, having much higher intrinsic value than their face value. The one ounce (1 oz) gold coins are denominated as One Hundred Pounds (£100).

The coins are legal tender but are not intended for circulation. They are targeted at bullion investors or collectors who appreciate the special editions as pieces of art. The coins are typically "one-year" types usually issued in parallel with smaller denominations with the same reverse designs.

The 2014 Year of the Horse bullion coins were the first in the Royal Mint's Shēngxiào Collection - a coin series dedicated to the Chinese Lunar calendar.

As the mint says:
"For centuries The Royal Mint has drawn upon its unrivalled heritage, experience, and craftsmanship to evolve and meet the needs of an ever-changing market. In 2014 we struck the United Kingdom’s first Chinese Lunar coins, introducing a new series and a United Kingdom first. The Shēngxiào Collection, named to honour the Chinese zodiac, is a celebration of the UK’s diverse multi-cultural society. At Chinese New Year, gifts and tokens are exchanged, particularly the gift of money in red envelopes, symbolising good wishes for the recipient’s health, wealth and prosperity. These Lunar coins from The Royal Mint embrace this globally observed tradition, lending a unique British angle to an ancient tradition."

The coins were issued as "bullion" (Brilliant Uncirculated grade), as well as proofs for collectors.

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintageunknown
Obverse
United Kingdom / Gold Ounce 2014 Year of the Horse - obverse photo

Crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (effigy known as the "Fourth Portrait"). The Queen wears the "Girls of Great Britain and Ireland" diamond tiara, a wedding gift from Queen Mary (Her Majesty's grandmother) in 1947 - which she also has on the Machin and the Gottwald portraits.

In tiny letters below the head, the artist's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley).

Around the effigy is the monarch's legend: ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 100 ' POUNDS '. Translated from Latin: Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith, followed by the value and denomination in English.

The rim of the obverse is not "crenellated" (with a toothed border), unlike the Britannia coins.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 100 ' POUNDS '
Reverse
United Kingdom / Gold Ounce 2014 Year of the Horse - reverse photo

The reverse design combines elements from both British and Chinese heritage. In the foreground of the design stands a powerful leaping horse, bringing to life the active characteristics of those born in the Year of the Horse - gregarious, charming, lively and strong.

Beneath the horse’s feet lies the famous Uffington Horse, a pre-historic white horse carved into the chalk hills of Oxfordshire.

Around above left, the inscription YEAR OF THE HORSE · 2014. Around above right, beneath the other inscription, the metal composition and content: 1 OZ FINE GOLD 999.9 (one ounce 99.99% gold). On proof coins this inscription is not present.

To the right of the horse, the Chinese character for "horse": .

Reverse Inscription YEAR OF THE HORSE · 2014 1 OZ FINE GOLD 999.9 馬
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Mintage of the bullion coins is unknown (limited to 30,000).

Spink also lists a 5oz gold Year of the Horse coin under 5200 for which no further information could be found.

See also

The reverse design was issued in the following formats:
- 1oz gold
- 1/10oz gold
- 5oz silver
- 1oz silver

Gold Ounce 2014 Year of the Horse: Known varieties
Variety Proof FDC
Images United Kingdom / Gold Ounce 2014 Year of the Horse / Proof FDC - obverse photo United Kingdom / Gold Ounce 2014 Year of the Horse / Proof FDC - reverse photo
Mintage 811
Details

811 issued from 888 limit (8 is considered a "lucky number" in Chinese culture).

Gold Ounce 2014 Year of the Horse: References to Information Used
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All (57) Coins of Country: United Kingdom, Type: Gold Ounce (1 oz)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Gold Ounce 1987 Britannia unknown Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH ' II ' DEI ' GRATIA ' REGINA ' F ' D ' 100 ' POUNDS '
Gold Ounce 1988 Britannia unknown Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH ' II ' DEI ' GRATIA ' REGINA ' F ' D ' 100 ' POUNDS '
Gold Ounce 1989 Britannia unknown Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH ' II ' DEI ' GRATIA ' REGINA ' F ' D ' 100 ' POUNDS '
Gold Ounce 1990 Britannia unknown Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH ' II ' DEI ' GRATIA ' REGINA ' F ' D ' 100 ' POUNDS '
Gold Ounce 1991 Britannia unknown Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH ' II ' DEI ' GRATIA ' REGINA ' F ' D ' 100 ' POUNDS '
Gold Ounce 1992 Britannia unknown Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH ' II ' DEI ' GRATIA ' REGINA ' F ' D ' 100 ' POUNDS '
Gold Ounce 1993 Britannia unknown Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH ' II ' DEI ' GRATIA ' REGINA ' F ' D ' 100 ' POUNDS '
Gold Ounce 1994 Britannia unknown Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH ' II ' DEI ' GRATIA ' REGINA ' F ' D ' 100 ' POUNDS '
Gold Ounce 1995 Britannia unknown Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH ' II ' DEI ' GRATIA ' REGINA ' F ' D ' 100 ' POUNDS '
Gold Ounce 1996 Britannia unknown Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH ' II ' DEI ' GRATIA ' REGINA ' F ' D ' 100 ' POUNDS '
Gold Ounce 1997 Britannia unknown Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH ' II ' DEI ' GRATIA ' REGINA ' F ' D ' 100 POUNDS '
Gold Ounce 1998 Britannia 750 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 100 ' POUNDS '
Gold Ounce 1999 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 100 ' POUNDS '
Gold Ounce 2000 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 100 ' POUNDS '
Gold Ounce 2001 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 100 ' POUNDS '
Gold Ounce 2002 Britannia 945 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 100 ' POUNDS '
Gold Ounce 2003 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 100 ' POUNDS '
Gold Ounce 2004 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 100 ' POUNDS '
Gold Ounce 2005 Britannia 1,439 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 100 ' POUNDS '
Gold Ounce 2006 Britannia 1,163 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 100 ' POUNDS '
Gold Ounce 2007 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 100 ' POUNDS '
Gold Ounce 2008 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH ' II D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 100 ' POUNDS '
Gold Ounce 2009 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 100 ' POUNDS '
Gold Ounce 2010 Britannia 14,727 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 100 ' POUNDS '
Gold Ounce 2011 Britannia 5,735 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 100 ' POUNDS '
Gold Ounce 2012 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 100 ' POUNDS '
Gold Ounce 2013 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 100 ' POUNDS '
Gold Ounce 2013 Britannia (Proof) 261 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 100 ' POUNDS '
Gold Ounce 2014 Year of the Horse unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 100 ' POUNDS '
Gold Ounce 2014 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 100 ' POUNDS '
Gold Ounce 2014 Britannia (Proof) 375 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 100 ' POUNDS '
Gold Ounce 2015 Year of the Sheep unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 100 ' POUNDS '
Gold Ounce 2015 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 100 ' POUNDS '
Gold Ounce 2015 Britannia (Proof) 234 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS ·
Gold Ounce 2016 Year of the Monkey unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS ·
Gold Ounce 2016 Lion of England unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS ·
Gold Ounce 2016 Britannia unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS ·
Gold Ounce 2016 Britannia (Proof) 224 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS ·
Gold Ounce 2017 Lion of England 591 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS ·
Gold Ounce 2017 Unicorn of Scotland 418 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS ·
Gold Ounce 2017 Britannia unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS ·
Gold Ounce 2017 Britannia (Proof) 238 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS ·
Gold Ounce 2018 Unicorn of Scotland unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS ·
Gold Ounce 2018 Britannia unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS ·
Gold Ounce 2018 Britannia (Proof) unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS ·
Gold Ounce 2019 Royal Arms unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS ·
Gold Ounce 2019 Britannia unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS ·
Gold Ounce 2019 Britannia (Proof) unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS ·
Gold Ounce 2020 Royal Arms unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS ·
Gold Ounce 2020 Music Legends - Queen unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Gold Ounce 2020 Music Legends - Queen (Bullion) unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS ·
Gold Ounce 2020 Music Legends - Elton John unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Gold Ounce 2020 Bond, James Bond 350 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Gold Ounce 2020 James Bond, Pay Attention 350 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Gold Ounce 2020 James Bond, Shaken not Stirred 350 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Gold Ounce 2020 Britannia unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS ·
Gold Ounce 2020 Britannia (Proof) unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS ·
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Gold Ounce 2014 Year of the Horse: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeGold Ounce (1 oz)
Issued2014
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value100 (x Pound)
Mintageunknown
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerWuon-Gean Ho
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size (mm)32.6900
Mass (g)31.2100
OCC IDRMKG-OZAC-BWLW-ENXQ
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Gold Ounce 2014 Year of the Horse: Photos
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2014 1 oz Gold Lunar Year of the Horse Proof Coin
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Notes: Proof.
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2014 1 oz Gold Lunar Year of the Horse Proof Coin
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Notes: Proof.
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2014 1 oz British Gold Lunar Year of the Horse Coin
Copyright: Royal Mint
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2014 1 oz British Gold Lunar Year of the Horse Coin
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Gold Ounce 2014 Year of the Horse: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom5180, 5180A (with content inscription)